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Where to buy diatomaceous earth??

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Hi - I'm having trouble finding a place that sells DE.  Those of you that use it, where do you get it?  Anything else that works well for a dust bath?  And what type of area do you provide for the dust bath?
Thanks!

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I have two places I know of that sell it here in the Phoenix Area. (Both feed stores)  Pratts' $40.  Western Ranchman $27 for  the exact same 50lb bags.

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Here in NH we have a chain of feed/garden stores called Agway and I was able to get a 50lb. bag from them for $25.99. I haven't decided what I am going to use for a dust bath in the run, but I am thinking about an old tire so I don't have to worry about water building up in the bottom.

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Have you got a fleet farm where you live? They should have it there. I get mine at the feed mill for $26 a 50 lb bag. If you buy online its gonna cost a small fortune for a small bag, I made that mistake before I found it at a feed mill. I paid $16 for a 2 lb bag plus shipping!

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Seramas, Cochins, EE's, 1 Japanese hen, few frizzles & Too many roosters and a ton of babies cruising the yard. Home of the ninja squirrel.
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Good Question!  I have also been looking for it.  How would the best way to use it be??

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post #6 of 17

I got mine on Ebay because I couldn't find any food grade around here.  I found crawling insect DE, but I wasn't sure if that was safe.

Anyways, I paid $25 including shipping for 10 lbs.  I think it was $12 for DE, and $13 shipping hmm

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Chicken Breeds: Buff Orp, EE, Assorted Sex-Links, Danish Brown Leghorn, Rhode Island Red, Brahma, Jungle Fowl, Speckled Sussex, Gold Laced Wyandotte, Cochin, Silkie and Sizzle
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post #7 of 17

My agway didn't have the food grade.  In fact, none of my feed stores had food grade either.  I had to order it online from this website.    http://www.earthworkshealth.com/   They have pretty good prices too.


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Originally Posted by songbird 

Hi - I'm having trouble finding a place that sells DE.  Those of you that use it, where do you get it?  Anything else that works well for a dust bath?  And what type of area do you provide for the dust bath?
Thanks!


Where do you live? Check feed stores, online is WAY to expensive for what little benefit you will receive.
As for what kind of area you provide for a dust bath... well my idea and my chickens idea of where this "area" changes almost on a daily basis, some times hour by hour. every once in a while I see a good wallowed out spot and throw some DE in it. then of course it is never dusted in again, I'm sure out of spite.

Good Question!  I have also been looking for it.  How would the best way to use it be??


dust under the shavings, roost, any dusting spots. even though that could be a moving target... hmm

I would definitely look at local places for it. post a topic like "where to get DE in _____ fill in the city. I'm sure some one will help. I would not buy it online if that is your only option. 2 lbs... I threw around 2 lbs in about 10 seconds today... alternatives would be stall dry or stall boy, and lime. good luck!

Connie

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I got it online, http://www.iamorganic.com/organic-pest-control.html. there was no local sources, so had to pay shipping, but they were fast, what a difference in the coop!

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ROBIN-...Love all the feather kids - and yes, they all have names!

Glad you asked...I do run a chicken hospital!

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post #10 of 17

There's a wonderful seller here on BYC - "Spatcher".  He's awesome!  Great prices on DE.  Not sure where you are, but I'm in VA and he often comes to swaps so you can buy there if you tell him in advance, he'll bring it there.   He ships too.

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